“It may seem like a small thing, but it was the Reagan-era removal of this little FCC law that started us down the slippery slope to fake news and political propaganda reported as fact, which in turn led to the political extremism and hatred that divides our nation.”
I’m old enough to remember the days when the news was simply the news and the various networks and other outlets didn’t differ much or at all in what they reported, only slightly in style. Reporters were mostly emotionally detached and broadcasted the events of the day without much partisan opinion or editorializing. When they did, an opposing viewpoint would always be presented. Sure, mainstream news back then could be boring and dry. Opinion is based on emotion, and an emotional, sensationalized delivery of the news is more enticing and sells better than the reciting of facts. Old-school reporters and anchors were well respected even though they never were considered celebrities.
Until the 1980s, American mainstream news was for the most part “fair and balanced,” with only actual facts delivered or both sides given airtime when an issue was politically controversial. Sure, there were always tabloids…
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